2018 Summer KCET Cinema Series Schedule

Don't miss the upcoming Summer KCET Cinema Series which screens the best of Hollywood, independent and feature films prior to their release in theaters.

Avid moviegoers have the unique opportunity to preview the most anticipated films of the season and meet the on-screen talent and filmmakers.

Film screenings are held on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM. The screening dates are: June 5, 12, Wednesday 20, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

All series subscriptions must be acquired online.

All films and Q&A guests are subject to change without prior notice and some films may have studio security checks.



The true life story of Moe Berg, a former professional baseball player who agrees to travel behind enemy lines during World War II with a physicist to meet and, if necessary, kill the scientist leading Nazi Germany’s nuclear research program. Film stars Paul Rudd, and co-stars Mark Strong, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti, Jeff Daniels, Sienna Miller and Tom Wilkinson.

Q&A immediately following with director Ben Lewin.



Based on a novel, a father (Ben Foster) with P.T.S.D. and his young daughter (Thomasin McKenzie), carves out a life off the grid in a state park in Oregon. After they are discovered by authorities, they transition inevitably and painfully into a new world and life. Directed by the Academy Award-nominated writer and director Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone, Stray Dog).

Q&A immediately following with actress Dale Dickey, cinematographer Michael McDonough and producer Linda Reisman.



A film by French director Edouard Deluc  about renowned French artist Paul Gauguin, identified for experimenting with color and altered proportions, along with his contemporaries Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. By 1891, Gauguin was already well-known in artistic circles, but had grown tired of the civilized world and its political and moral conventions. Leaving his wife and children behind, he ventures alone to Tahiti, consumed with a yearning for new inspiration. Pushing deep into the Tahitian jungle, Gauguin meets Tehura, his muse, who will consume his mind and inspire his most iconic works of art.




A documentary chronicling the life of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who came to Hollywood after WWll and became the lover to some of Hollywood’s most prominent stars. Scotty connected his promiscuous former military friends with the celebrities. The documentary is the secret history of Hollywood in the pre-Stonewall era. It was produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, special correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine.

Q&A immediately following with the film subject Scotty Bowers and director Matt Tyrnauer.


JULY 3 - SHOCK AND AWE                  


The film is about journalists investigating the allegations by the Bush Administration concerning Saddam Hussein’s alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction as an excuse for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.  Directed by Rob Reiner and written by Joey Hartstone. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden, Milla Jovovich, and Jessica Biel.

Q&A immediately following with director Rob Reiner.



Kayla a normal thirteen-year-old who manages to tolerate the pressure of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school and the end of her disastrous eighth grade year. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Q&A immediately following with with star Elsie Fisher and writer/director Bo Burnham.



Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, Trainspotting) stars in Marc Turtletaub’s (Little Miss Sunshine) drama about a repressed housewife who discovers an opportunity to change the course of her mundane life, thanks to her new found aptitude for assembling jigsaw puzzles. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Q&A immediately following with actors Kelly MacDonald, David Denman and director Marc Turtletaub


JULY 24 - THE WIFE       

From Swedish director Björn Lennart Runge, the film stars Glenn Close as Joan the devoted and forgotten wife married to the self-absorb writer Joe played by Jonathan Pryce. Their relationship is anything but ideal, and as the story unfolds we see that Joan has sacrificed her own ambitions to fan the flames of her husband’s career and ego. The plot takes an unexpected turn on the eve of Joe's Nobel Peace Prize for Literature.

Q&A immediately following with Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Annie Starke, and director Björn Runge.




Directed by Sam Peckinpah, the motion picture is looselybased on an actualincident during the American Civil War.  Union Army Major Amos Dundee leads a contingent of regular Union troops, Confederate prisoners and Indian scouts on an illegal~expedition into Mexico to track down and destroy a bandof Apaches that has been raiding the New Mexico Territory.  This special presentation at the KCET Cinema Series is a 2013 digital restoration of the original 1965 film, starring Charlton Heston as Major Dundee, James Coburn as Dundee’s scout Samuel Potts, and~Richard Harris as Captain Tyreen, a Confederate POW.

Q&A with Michael Schlesinger prior to screening.


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